Sons of the Morning
Speak Soon Vol. 1


4.0
excellent

Review

by Will Robinson STAFF
October 15th, 2013 | 7 replies


Release Date: 10/01/2013 | Tracklist


If the eleven-minute preview of Sons of the Morning’s Speak Soon Vol. 1 revealed anything about the release, it was that listeners would be in for a beautifully psychedelic ride. The preview, which cobbled together samples from the EP and oddly-interspersed vintage video footage, ended up as a curiously enticing morsel of the downtempo brilliance that followed shortly after - wild, weird, and wonderful, the footage beautifully encapsulates exactly what makes the debut release from Sons of the Morning (a duo consisting of Prefuse 73 and Teebs) so enchanting. Speak Soon Vol. 1 is full to the brim with ambitious, dazzling ambient ideas, and it remains captivating through its 20-odd minute runtime.

The most striking feature of the EP is the countless layers of synth chords on every song. Take centerpiece “Sunday’s Buzzabout,” a wistful and wispy collision of beautifully discordant sounds which evoke images of meditative peace, wonderfully unkempt nature, and uninhibited bliss. The gradual ebb and flow of off-kilter chimes and the cry of the occasional vocal sample serve to highlight the precarious, atmospheric keyboards which fill the room with light and cautiously restrained volume. It’s the story of the whole release, really: Sons of the Morning balance tones and noise well on every track here, and it’s clear that every knob that could have been tweaked was exactly where the artists wanted it to be throughout the creative process. And though there are some admittedly questionable moments on the EP - the cheesy birdcalls on “A Dangerous Study Of Bird Life” come to mind - almost every risk taken here (and there are many) pays off. The abrupt transitions on the opening and closing tracks immerse the listener even more in the world of Sons of the Morning, the clanging bells of the one-minute “The Distance From Our Fears” separate the first and second halves succinctly, and even the bleepy first few seconds of “The Way That Wind Moves Pt. 2” make the heavy chord which follows that much sweeter.

What’s most important about the video preview of Speak Soon Vol. 1, though, is that it shows a release absolutely full of life. Every one of the clips over the full eleven minutes is teeming with vibrancy and energy, and the music reflects the attitude of the film perfectly. The meandering synths and laid-back rhythms are gorgeous, and the EP flows beautifully. It’s a good sign that Sons of the Morning could produce such a quality product so soon, and Speak Soon Vol. 1 bodes well for the future of Prefuse 73’s collaborations to come.



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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2013


3486 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Originally sent this in to XLR8R to see if they would publish it, but got no response, so I'm posting it here. Really beautiful music, stream if anyone wants it: https://soundcloud.com/yellowyear/sets/sons-of-the-morning-speak-soon

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2013


6188 Comments


psychedelic?

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2013


3486 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's like woozy in that psychedelic sense, not the classic '60s and '70s sense.

Acanthus
October 15th 2013


9543 Comments


A bit too heavy on the use of delay for me right now, just not feeling it.

MaskAtTheMasquerade
November 4th 2013


2888 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

love it

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2013


3486 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

schweet, glad someone else checked this

Phlegm
November 22nd 2013


5362 Comments


this is awesome! really digging Sundays Buzzabout, kinda similar to Lapalux's earlier stuff but more refined

cheers for the rec :D

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